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"What exactly do you want to say to me?"

Translation:מה אתה בדיוק רוצֶה להגיד לי?

July 14, 2016



Why not לדבר לי?


Also what about לאמור? There sure is a lot of these speaking verbs: להגיד, לאמור, לדבר, לספר.


What are the rules for where to put בדיוק in this sentence? Can it only go in the one place, or can it move around?

(In English, "exactly" can go several places, but I don't think you could put it after the "you" as it seems to be in the Hebrew.)


does לספר mean 'to say'? I thought it means 'to tell'. For me these are two different words...


The word לספר always means "to tell" להגיד and לומר can both be used as either "to tell" or "to say." לומר is used in the past and present tense, and להגיד is used in the future tense. Both infinitive forms are used.


no, you're correct. לספר means to tell, לומר means to say, and להגיד straddles the line between the two.


The word לספר, literally, to narrate/tell a story.


Isn't הגיד to tell? Is דבר actually incorrect?


Yes, להגיד is to say, to tell. לדבר is to talk, to speak, so it would be incorrect to use it here.

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